Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: The Belgaum district administration is keen that the Governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra share information on the flood situation in the upstream of rivers such as the Krishna.

Timely information about the water level in the Koyna Dam across the Krishna and reservoirs across its tributaries in Maharashtra would be of great help in tackling the flood situation in the villages of Chikkodi and Athani taluks in Belgaum district and preventing loss of life and property.

Meeting

The issue came up at a meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner J. Ravishankar here on Wednesday to take stock of the preparations to tackle possible floods in the Krishna, the Ghataprabha and the Markandeya flowing through Chikkodi and Athani taluks, Gokak and Belgaum taluk, respectively.

Belgaum Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Ekroop Caur, Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner Vijay Kumar Torgal and senior officials from the Karnataka Neeravari Nigam, Health, Public Works and Revenue departments were present. The Krishna and the Ghataprabha have been receiving good inflows from the catchment areas due to incessant showers resulting in floods between the Koyna Dam in the upstream and the Alamatti Dam in the downstream in Karnataka.

The floods were devastating in 2005 and 2006 in Chikkodi, Gokak and Athani taluks of the State.

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